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A little about  our founders: Marianne and Ken Ferrans are the co-founders of Simply Christian® (thanks Judy for the name!). Around 2002, as members of Dutilh UMC in Cranberry Twp. PA, Marianne was involved with the Children's Ministry and Ken helped with the Multimedia Ministry.  When they decided to see how the two different Ministries could work together the Online Sunday School was born! 

Marianne and Ken met during the early days of his recovery from a serious accident.  Since that time they have concentrated on working with various non-profit organizations such as the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association,   Cranberry Volunteer Fire Department, little league and Pop Warner football programs.  Later they began to work towards helping churches with their internet needs.  From the fruits of these efforts and with the help of many others (e.g., Dr. Clark Edwards, Dorothy Walker, Pastor Dr. Donald Scandrol, Robert Ungar, Mike Reimer, Bruce Allison, just to name a few) Marianne and Ken are now bringing churches the Online Sunday School

Mrs. Ferrans, an accounting professional with a fifteen-year record of achievement in both in the Public and Corporate accounting arenas, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Newbury College.    As a public accountant her focus was corporate audits, corporation and partnership reviews, full charge accounting, payroll services and employee benefit plans.  While in corporate accounting Marianne was responsible for all aspects of the payroll department for a 1,200 employee global leader of manufactured telecommunication equipment. 

Mr. Ferrans has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Certified Professional Achievement awarded from Northeastern University.  While at Raytheon, Mr. Ferrans was responsible for the design and development of Product Generation Software (graphic displays), a component of the Next Generation Weather Radar Doppler (NEXRAD) system.  NEXRAD, which is currently used nationwide, was one of the first distributed, real-time, processing systems of its kind.   Click here to see live Doppler weather radar .  At Boston Technology (now Comverse Network Solutions ), Mr. Ferrans was responsible for the design, development and integration of networked-based enhanced telecommunication services which reside on a distributed applications platform.  It forms the basis of Verizon's, AT&T's, Sprint's and many International Telecommunication companies currently deployed subscriber voice mail and unified messaging systems.

Ken, Marianne, and Buster (the Wonder Dog!)

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